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J Industry Group Agrees on 'Rape Game' Ban on Tuesday

posted on 2009-06-02 10:58 EDT

Hiroyuki Kanno, the chairman of the erotic game maker Abel, reports in his company blog that the Ethics Organization of Computer Software (EOCS) industry group has decided in an emergency meeting on Tuesday to ban ryōjoku-kei games ("rape games"), although the exact parameters of the ban are still to be determined. The controversy stemmed from criticism of the Illusion software company's Rapelay game for its depictions of forcible sexual assault. The Yomiuri Shimbun paper reported last week that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) had formed a team to study the situation for possible government restrictions. (Despite the English connotations of its name, the LDP is a conservative faction in Japan.)

About 100 people from various game companies attended the EOCS meeting on Tuesday, including Visual Art's president Takahiro Baba, AIL head Takahito Morita, and former Studio e.go! head Kazue Yamamoto. Kanno was one of the industry figures who downplayed a Thursday television report that prematurely announced a ban. Kanno removed his Friday blog comments on the television report before the meeting, and then edited and reposted the comments.

Source: Canned Dogs


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